Find Me a New Way to Die: Edith Piaf - The Untold Story

Find Me a New Way to Die: Edith Piaf - The Untold Story

by David Bret


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783199860
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,273,566
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.13(h) x (d)

About the Author

French-born David Bret is a leading authority on the French music-hall, and has written books on the subject, besides bestselling biographies of many of the world's greatest show business icons. His range of subjects has been wide--from Gable to Garbo, from Dietrich to Mario Lanza, by way of operatic diva Maria Callas, rock legends Freddie Mercury and Morrissey, screen immortals Rock Hudson and Joan Crawford, British stalwarts George Formby and Gracie Fields, and gay porn icon Joey Stefano.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Piaf's first lover and the father of her only child Louis Dupont 9

2 Piaf's first manager, in 1936 Fernand Lumbroso 16

3 The 'frangine' of Marie Dubas, who knew Piaf when she was Édith Gassion Sylvie Galthier 20

4 One of her most important composers and a close fiend Michel Émer 28

5 France's greatest singer, pre-Piaf Damia 33

6 The famous mannequin and gangster's moll who lived with Piaf in Madame Billy's bordello Manouche 39

7 Piaf's friend and co-star in one her films, and one of the great singers of his generation Serge Reggiani 47

8 Piaf's close fiend and composer Charles Aznavour 55

9 Marlene Dietrich 64

10 Gracie Fields' stepdaughter, and secretary to Joséphine Baker who was at the time involved with Piaf's first husband Irene Bevan 91

11 One of Bret's closest friends who was befriended by Piaf Dorothy Squires 92

12 The legendary American singer Peggy Lee 94

13 Piaf's clairvoyant Catherine Jan 98

14 The famous composer of 'No Regrets' Charles Dumont 122

15 France's greatest singer post-Piaf and one of Bret's closest friends Barbara 130

16 Piaf's friend and Bret's godfather Roger Normand 136

17 Piaf's last nurse who was with her when she died Simone Margantin 160

18 One of the founders of 'Les Amis de Piaf' and a friend, if not lover, of her second husband Claude Sounac 174

19 The famous American singer who appeared with Piaf at the Olympia Elisabeth Welch 176

20 The woman who claimed to be Piaf's half-sister and who wrote a million-selling book Simone Berteaut (Mômone) 178

21 Piaf and Théo Sarapo's friend, and Bret's godmother Jacqueline Danno 192

22 The self appointed guardian of Piaf's grave Madame Leclerc 199

Afterword 203


Index 227

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